Bible Study from Luke 2:8-14
Today, we’re going to take a look at another well-known section of the Bible . This is the one about the shepherds and the angel and their significance. The real Christmas story is about the birth of Jesus but it is also a story of God’s great love He has for us.
He sent His only son to die on the cross so that we might be saved from eternal death.
The Shepherds & the Angel in the Christmas Story – NASB
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2:8-14 NASB
NOTE: I want to also list the New King James version of this passage as it is more poetic and familiar to those of you who heard it at a younger age..
The Shepherds & the Angel in the Christmas Story – NKJV
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. – Luke 2:8-14 NKJV
Jesus’ Birth = Love for Everyone
The good news about Christ is that He comes to all, including the plain and the ordinary. Even a person like me can receive the same love of Jesus as the richest person on earth.
He comes to anyone with a heart humble enough to accept Him. Whoever you are, whatever you do, you can have Jesus in your life.
Are You Qualified?
Don’t feel that you need extraordinary qualifications — Christ accepts you as you are.
Believe in the Christmas and Easter promise, the love of God, and at least three things will happen ..
~ He will never stop loving you.
~ Once you have Christ in your heart the Holy Spirit will guide you in your everyday decisions.
~ You can count on Him whenever the need arises. Or, you can just talk to Christ anytime you want answers to a difficult choice you have to make.
Drink in the Christmas story and reflect on its meaning. You’ll find Christ there but you will also find God.
Love in Christ
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